Featured SPEAKERS

ALEXANDRE KALACHE is the current Co-President of the International Longevity Centres Global Alliance (ILC-GA), a seventeen-country consortium of think tanks on ageing with consultative status to the United Nations. He shares the Presidency of the ILC-GA with Dr Mary Anne Tsao who heads ILC-Singapore and the Tsao Foundation. Dr Kalache has been a protagonist on world-wide ageing policy issues for four decades as both academic (at the Universities of Oxford and London; 1975-1995) and as international civil servant. It was in the latter role as Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) global programme on ageing (1995-2008) that he instigated the Age-friendly Cities movement with the launch of the WHO Age-friendly Cities Guide (2007) and the policy document that informed it, the WHO Active Ageing Policy Framework (2002; revised in 2015).

Professor Kalache is involved in the implementation of specific age-friendly city initiatives in a range of urban locations worldwide from mega-cities to small municipalities. He advises national, state and municipal governments as well as private foundations and businesses worldwide on ageing policy initiatives.

His interests go beyond urban planning to such areas as age-friendly hospitals, universities and hotels. He serves on a variety of boards for such bodies as the World Economic Forum (WEF), Oxford University, WHO, the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and the Gulbenkian Foundation.  He also represents HelpAge International (HAI) as a Global Ambassador. Professor Kalache is a national of Brazil and founded ILC-Brazil in his birth city of Rio de Janeiro in 2012 and additionally serves as its inaugural President.

ALICE BONNER PhD, RN, FAAN

Senior Director for Aging, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Director of Strategic Partnerships for the CAPABLE program and Adjunct Faculty, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

Dr. Alice Bonner has been a geriatric nurse practitioner caring for older adults for over 30 years. Prior to joining the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Bonner served as Secretary of Elder Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for over three years. She previously directed the Division of Nursing Homes for CMS in Baltimore (2011-2013) and the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (2009-2011).

Arnold Whitman is founder and Chairman of Formation Capital, a leading investment firm in Senior Care. Over the past 20 years, Arnie has strategically led Formation Capital in its growth and execution of over $8 Billion in transactions. Arnie is also a founding partner in Generator Ventures, a leading venture firm focused on the intersection of innovation and aging.

He is also a partner with Aging 2.0, a global platform and community for innovators, providers, distributors, and investors focused on solutions for aging and seniors.

Arnie is a former board member and Chairman emeritus of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC). He is a current board member of Genesis Healthcare, HC-One in the U.K., ASHA, Trident USA, Care Institute, Vynca, and Chronic Care Management, Inc.

Stephen Johnston MBA is a co-founder of Aging 2.0, a global innovation platform for aging and senior care, founder of Fordcastle, an innovation consultancy and a member of the Future Agenda, the world’s largest open foresight initiative. Stephen serves on the board of Music and Memory a New York 501c3 nonprofit focused on improving the quality of life for older people,

He is co-author of Growth Champions (Wiley, 2012), a book about sustainable corporate growth. He has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

Robert Kramer is Founder and Strategic Advisor at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC), a non-profit education and resource center that serves debt and equity investors interested in the seniors housing and care industry. NIC is the leading provider of research as well as business and financial performance data on this sector for capital providers. NIC’s focus is to enable access and choice in seniors housing and care by providing data, analytics and connections that bring together investors and care providers.

Mr. Kramer, a frequent writer and speaker on trends in seniors housing, post-acute and long-term care, directed NIC from its inception in 1991 until July 2017. A former county government official and Maryland state legislator, Mr. Kramer was a leader on health and environmental issues while representing the state capital of Annapolis in the 1980s. Mr. Kramer was educated at Harvard and Oxford Universities and also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary.

Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D., is founder and Director of the AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research seeks to understand the impacts of global demographic change, social trends and technology on consumer behavior, innovations in business, and public policy.

Dr. Coughlin teaches in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the Sloan School’s Advanced Management Program. He is the author of The Longevity Economy: Inside the World’s Fastest Growing, Most Misunderstood Market, and is a regular contributor to Forbes. He is currently at work on a new book about the future of retirement.

A researcher, teacher and speaker, Dr. Coughlin is a frequent guest on news programs; his work has been featured in both print and on television, including ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, NBC, News Asia, The Economist, Financial Times, The Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets throughout the world.

Tom Grape is founder, chairman and CEO of Benchmark. Since 1997, he has led Benchmark to become the largest senior housing company in the Northeast. With 6,300 associates and nearly 60 communities across eight states, Benchmark has assets under management of over $2.5 billion. 

Tom is a founding board member and former chair of Argentum, the national organization of senior living companies, as well as founder and past chairman of its state affiliate, the Massachusetts Assisted Living Association.

In 1993, Tom was instrumental, along with then Secretary of Health and Human Services and now Governor, Charlie Baker, in writing the legislation for assisted living in Massachusetts. And in 2017, Governor Baker tapped him to serve on the first Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts.

Tim Driver has a successful track record starting and building digital businesses that make a social contribution. Driver is the founder and CEO of Age Friendly Ventures, the parent organization of RetirementJobs.com, Mature Caregivers and Age Friendly Advisor. Driver was a Board Member and SVP at Salary.com.

He held senior positions at AOL and Accenture. Driver co-chaired the Employment Committee for Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging. He was named an Influencer in Aging by PBS NextAvenue.